Harry & David are known for their pears and many of our local orchards still supply fruit to this corporation. It is the largest employer in Southern Oregon. If you talk to almost any local you will probably find that either they have worked at H&D at some point in their lifetime, or they know someone who has. Most of these jobs are not well paying and they are seasonal, so you will also find that many of the workers cannot afford to shop at their store.
It is a colorful, interesting place though and since they often put out samples and offer specials and closeout prices, it is worth visiting.